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The beginner’s guide to cutting cheese right

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A cheese plate can be one of the easiest appetisers to serve, so why spoil it with sloppy presentation?  On the other hand, cutting into a perfect, pristine wedge of cheese on a beautiful platter can be slightly intimidating for guests.  Here are some tips to make the experience enjoyable for everyone.

 

Use the right knife

Cheese knives come in a variety of designs and sizes. Each design is meant for a specific type of cheese, so it’s best to have an individual knife for each cheese to prevent their textures and flavours from mixing.

 

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Different cheeses require different types of cheese knives.

Use a wire slicer for medium soft to medium hard cheeses like Emmental and Raclette. Crumbly and blue cheeses like Roquefort should be cut with wide, rectangular blades with holes. This prevents the cheese’s blue veins from sticking to the knife and helps to prevent the cheese slice from crumbling.

 

Hard cheeses like Gruyere should be cut with a tear-shaped knife. Cut with the tip first and push down in one fluid motion. Do not saw, but rock the knife back and forth. Soft-ripened creamy cheeses like Brie should be cut with a hollow-edge blade.

 

Cut according to shape

Always consider the shape of the fromage.  For pyramid, square or disc-shaped cheeses, cut them like a cake into even triangular wedges. This also goes for odd shapes like hearts.

 

Log-shaped and block cheeses should be cut into even, cross-sectioned slices along the length of the cheese. Wedges of soft and semi-soft cheeses should be cut into long, thin slices along the long edge.

 

Wedges of semi-firm to hard cheeses should be cut width-wise until the last strip, which is halved.

 

Serving the cheese

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Only cut cheeses when they are about to be served.

Cheese should typically be served at room temperature, but in the tropical climates of Southeast Asia, it is best to keep a platter chilled until party time. A refrigerator like the Electrolux EQE6307SA with extra-wide fridge compartments is ideal for storing cheese platters before serving. Just take it out 30 minutes beforehand and the cheese should be at an ideal temperature for serving when your guests arrive.

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